Sunday Sep 16 8:30 am
Duration: 2 hours
In the tropics, mangrove forests are impenetrable because they are a mass of tangled branches and roots thus they are a neglected and little-known habitat. However, they are the rainforests of the coast. The mangrove forest at East Point is the most readily accessible in the whole of Darwin Harbour because Darwin City Council maintains a boardwalk at East Point Reserve. That boardwalk passes though the three main zones of the mangal (as mangrove forests are called) – the hinterland margin, the Rhizophora zone, and the seaward zone. This field trip will enable visitors to identify the dominant mangrove species in Darwin Harbour, several of which will be in flower. It will also reveal how many animals live in the mangal and depend on it for food and shelter – in particular birds, molluscs and crustaceans.
The trip will be led by Club President Richard Willan. Richard led the interpretation walk for politicians and the public when this boardwalk was first opened 15 years ago. So much has changed politically since that time!
Where to meet: 8.30 am. Carpark on the northern side of Lake Alexander, East Point Reserve. The start of the walk has a prominent sign (shown in the accompanying photo by Neil Wright).
What to bring: Hat, water, insect repellent, enclosed footware, binoculars, microscope and camera.
Endurance scale: 1 (out of 10). Very easy walk.
*This FREE event is organised by the NT Field Naturalists' Club and is open to members of the public. We hope to see you there.
Long: 130.830902 Lat: -12.412062